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    Nomad and DHX2

    As the new 2017 DHX2 is out with a climb switch and we are likely to see more of them as coil is cool again I thought it would be handy to have a thread going with peoples thoughts, settings and spring rates.
    Mine has been delayed but should be here this week. I weigh about 77kgs/170lbs and have a 350 SLS spring ready to go, hoping its not too light. According to the fox caculator it should put me bang on 30% sag.

    Excited to give it a go over air and see if it was worth it.

    What settings are people running? What spring for your weight?

    Cheers,
    Rabbit from Australia

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    Where did you get it from Rabbit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boom King View Post
    Where did you get it from Rabbit?
    Bought it from my local LBS. They special ordered it from solasport (Aust fox distributor) but they sent the float instead so I'm still waiting for the DHX2 to rock up.
    Are you in Australia? Cyclinic has them for $929. If in USA universal cycles has them for $629us but you can use vip15 on checkout and it lowers it to $535 ($730aud). You could get it shipped to Aust but you'd have to use shipmate or whatever the Aust post local shipping forwarder is as they dont ship outside the US.

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    I've installed mine a couple weeks ago. Got it from Universal Cycles. Settings:

    Riding weight: ~200 lbs
    Spring rate: 450
    Preload: ~1,5 turns

    It's a little too soft for me, I need to lose more weight to "grow into" it (working hard on it!!) I compensated a little bit with compression damping. It's super plush, I'm slowly beginning to realize how much of an upgrade it is over the Vivid Air I had originally. Loving it!

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    Thanks for the reply, your bike looks awesome! I think the orange coil will stand out a little on my blue and pink frame haha.
    What HSC/LSC etc settings are you running? I have no idea where to start when mine turns up.

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    Does the shock come with mounting hardware? if not what do I need? Can i use the hardware from the vivid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Rabbit View Post
    Thanks for the reply, your bike looks awesome! I think the orange coil will stand out a little on my blue and pink frame haha.
    Thank you! I tend to agree, love the look of this bike. I did see a Miami Nomad with the orange spring and it looked great too.

    What HSC/LSC etc settings are you running? I have no idea where to start when mine turns up.
    I can't remember it all anymore unfortunately…I've been tweaking a ton Let's see though:

    1. I set the preload adjuster to about 1 turn, which seems to yield about 35% of sag for me. Gotta lose more weight Make sure to keep all dials in soft/open positions for sag measurements, and assume your most common riding position.

    2. I set all the dials to the recommended settings (http://www.ridefox.com/2016/dl/bike/605-00-142-revB.pdf), which is 9-12 clicks for my spring rate. I just went for 10.

    3. And then I messed around. @woodyak gave me a ton of great advice. Here's what I remember:

    - did the curb test to adjust LSR and HSR (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiHQd4mzl3Y) I think I was able to speed both up a bit.
    - made HSR a little slower
    - made LSC a little firmer
    - made HSC a little softer

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyak
    The stock range is a great starting point and I'm pretty much in the range with all the settings. I like an active suspension so I run my HSC on the low side and my HSR on the slower side. I've been fine tuning my LSR and that's close to the middle, but I find I have to balance it with any LSC changes I make. I keep the LSC on the softer side as my normal trails pretty slow/chunky/technical. I add a couple of clicks for buffed out XC and jump trails. You can also tune a little with the coil but it's best to dial that in and leave it alone.
    Quote Originally Posted by B Rabbit View Post
    Does the shock come with mounting hardware? if not what do I need? Can i use the hardware from the vivid?
    It depends on the shop. Guys at Universal Cycles included the hardware. I received quotes from different stores who asked ~$18 for it. I'm not sure about Vivid hardware, I didn't have the opportunity to check.

    Hope this helps!

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    Did some research, shock doesn't come with hardware. Oh, it cant cost that much.....$38au......per end! plus shipping it's going to cost $90au....90!!! just to get this thing on the bike. What a rip!

    Anyways, thanks for all that info, hopefully it'll be on the bike this weekend and I'll have a muck around with the settings, I hadnt seen that fox page, I'll use it as my starting point
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Rabbit View Post
    Did some research, shock doesn't come with hardware. Oh, it cant cost that much.....$38au......per end! plus shipping it's going to cost $90au....90!!! just to get this thing on the bike. What a rip!

    Anyways, thanks for all that info, hopefully it'll be on the bike this weekend and I'll have a muck around with the settings, I hadnt seen that fox page, I'll use it as my starting point
    Cheers
    Is that just a bushing kit or does it include mounting hardware as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boom King View Post
    Is that just a bushing kit or does it include mounting hardware as well?
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    Whatever this is.

    I spoke to the guys at Cyclinic on the phone and asked them to double check that 21.84x8 is the right size. There was also 22.8 but maybe too tight? Anyway, I'm sure they'll get the right stuff too me as I stated it was for a Nomad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Rabbit View Post
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    Whatever this is.

    I spoke to the guys at Cyclinic on the phone and asked them to double check that 21.84x8 is the right size. There was also 22.8 but maybe too tight? Anyway, I'm sure they'll get the right stuff too me as I stated it was for a Nomad.
    That's the whole shebang. Cyclinic are great in terms of speed and service but you have to pay for it. There are cheaper alternatives that offer great quality, but they take a couple of weeks to arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pe8er View Post
    I've installed mine a couple weeks ago. Got it from Universal Cycles. Settings:

    Riding weight: ~200 lbs
    Spring rate: 450
    Preload: ~1,5 turns

    It's a little too soft for me, I need to lose more weight to "grow into" it (working hard on it!!) I compensated a little bit with compression damping. It's super plush, I'm slowly beginning to realize how much of an upgrade it is over the Vivid Air I had originally. Loving it!

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    What spring size did you need? I'm just looking at JensonUSA and they show for a 2.5 to 2.75 inch stroke you use a 2.9 inch spring. Is this correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by array View Post
    What spring size did you need? I'm just looking at JensonUSA and they show for a 2.5 to 2.75 inch stroke you use a 2.9 inch spring. Is this correct?
    I went for 2.75.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pe8er View Post
    I've installed mine a couple weeks ago. Got it from Universal Cycles. Settings:

    Riding weight: ~200 lbs
    Spring rate: 450
    Preload: ~1,5 turns

    It's a little too soft for me, I need to lose more weight to "grow into" it (working hard on it!!) I compensated a little bit with compression damping. It's super plush, I'm slowly beginning to realize how much of an upgrade it is over the Vivid Air I had originally. Loving it!

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    Thanks for sharing this. I'm close to pulling the trigger on this shock and at a riding weight of about 205 I was going to go with the 450. I may give the 475 a try now.

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    I am installing a dhx2 on a 2016 nomad this weekend. 325 spring for 150geared-up rider weight. It might be too soft, we will see. I'll report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by legitposter View Post
    I am installing a dhx2 on a 2016 nomad this weekend. 325 spring for 150geared-up rider weight. It might be too soft, we will see. I'll report back.
    I think you'll be bang on. The fox calculator says a 300 spring would put you at 30% sag. Not sure how accurate that thing is but. Let us know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by legitposter View Post
    I am installing a dhx2 on a 2016 nomad this weekend. 325 spring for 150geared-up rider weight. It might be too soft, we will see. I'll report back.
    You should be fine. I'm about 165 geared up and the 350 spring is spot on w/o any preload. I could've probably done 325 with a couple of turns of preload.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Rabbit View Post
    Does the shock come with mounting hardware? if not what do I need? Can i use the hardware from the vivid?
    Powder coat the spring magenta!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmrocks View Post
    Powder coat the spring magenta!
    Can you powder coat a spring?

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    ^^With a thermoplastic, not with a thermoset resin.

    Have FUN!

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    New shock finally arrived, yay!
    Im about 77kgs/170lbs with a 350 spring, whilst it's a little hard to measure, i'm getting about 19-20mm sag with about 1.5 turns of preload. I might be tempted to try a 375 spring. Haven''t ridden it yet, set all my dials to 11 turns as per the manual for the spring rate and shock stroke. Shock feels slow on the rebound with these settings, will see how it feels on the dirt.
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    Will update over the next weekend

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    Oh momma. Told you orange spring looks hot on Miami Nomad!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Rabbit View Post
    New shock finally arrived, yay!
    Im about 77kgs/170lbs with a 350 spring, whilst it's a little hard to measure, i'm getting about 19-20mm sag with about 1.5 turns of preload. I might be tempted to try a 375 spring. Haven''t ridden it yet, set all my dials to 11 turns as per the manual for the spring rate and shock stroke. Shock feels slow on the rebound with these settings, will see how it feels on the dirt.
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    Will update over the next weekend
    I just put a DHX2 on my Nomad, I'm 175 lbs and went with a 375 spring, seems to be the right spring weight, getting exactly 19 mm of sag. I set everything to 12 and rode it a bit last night, actually felt pretty good with those base settings. I'm heading to the mountains this weekend and will be messing around with it more.

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    325# SLS worked well for me, 150ish geared up. I also bought a Renton Ti spring, 350# for bigger hit trails. It weighs 43g more than the SLS but I like the feel of it more. Feels more active. Maybe from higher spring rating requiring less preload, or maybe because its Ti. Either way I like them both and have been switching back and forth depending on hard hitting mountain rides vs XC fitness rides.

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    Was too wet to ride on the weekend. I'm hunting around now for a 375 Spring instead of a 350.

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